Annual Governance Statement


Annual Governance Statement for the Governing Body of


July 2019


In accordance with the Government’s requirement for all governing bodies, the 3 core strategic functions Carleton Rode Church of England VA Primary school are:

1.         Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2.         Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its children;

3.         Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


 Governance arrangements

The Governing Body of Carleton Rode Church of England VA Primary school consists of 12 members: 7 Foundation Governors, the Head Teacher, 1 elected Staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor and 2 elected Parent Governors.


Of the Foundation Governors, 1 is appointed by The Bishop of Norwich, 3 are appointed by the Norwich Diocesan Board of Education and 3 are appointed by the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Carleton Rode.


The full Governing Body meets once each half term, and we also have committees to consider different aspects of the school in detail. These are a Finance Committee which focuses on finance, premises and some personnel matters; a School Improvement Committee which focuses on assisting the Head Teacher with the School Improvement and Development Plan (SIDP), including its development, ongoing revision and monitoring of implementation and reviewing and monitoring pupil progress and school performance data to ensure that the SIDP is achieving its aims.  In addition to the above some Governors also have specific responsibilities.  See page 4 for a list of Governors and their responsibilities.


Attendance record of governors

Governors have good attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not ‘quorate’ (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made).

See page 4 for details of individual Governors’ attendance at meetings.


The work that we have done on our committees and in the governing body

The Governing Body has had another busy year again focussing on stability for the children and staff while looking to the future for our school.  Our newly formed Partnership with Forncett St. Peter Church of England VA Primary School has developed and we have seen the introduction and adoption of a Partnership vision statement, ‘to love your neighbour as you love yourself’.  This belief in treating one another as we ourselves would like to be treated is central to both schools and allows our children to feel safe, settled and ready to learn and grow.  The Partnership has also allowed staff to work together in moderating work and enhancing comparisons made between expected and borderline standards.  Joint training has occurred between both schools and when training has been attended by individuals any notes/resources have been shared therefore, increasing the dissemination of learning/knowledge gained.  By sharing an Executive Headteacher and buying services/products together, where possible, we have been able to make financial savings whilst also balancing maintaining our school ethos and the quality of our provision.


As governors we have been involved in implementing a new staffing structure.  This was necessary due to government budget cuts and the need, despite our budgetary constraints, to continue to provide a high-quality education for all children.


The School Improvement Committee is concerned about our “vulnerable groups” of children and focus how the Pupil Premium Grant is being spent by the school and what impact this has on their outcomes.  We have been focussing on monitoring the data with regards to the SIDP and, as an FGB, we have monitored different areas of this including reading, writing and assessment for learning, handwriting/presentation and marking/feedback across the school as a whole.


The Finance Committee looks at the maintenance and development of the school premises, and makes decisions about how the school should use the budget.  We have had new windows installed in the School and Headteacher’s offices which has improved the working conditions and safety of the school.  We are in the process of looking at various other projects including replacing windows in Lions Class, new fire alarm system and playground improvements.


Our Health and Safety Governor carries out checks of the premises.  Our SEND Governor has regular contact with our SENDCo.  Our Safeguarding and Looked After Children Governor has regular contact with our Safeguarding Leads and our SIAMS Governor works on preparation for SIAMS Inspections.  All of these Governor’s give regular reports to the Full Governing Body.


One of the roles for the Governors is reviewing and agreeing school policies, and this year we have considered a number of key policies, which, we have managed to review across the Partnership and implement at both schools thus, saving time and resources.  These include Teaching and Learning Policy, Educational Visits Policy, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy and Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.


Our aim has been to move to Federation with Forncett St. Peter C of E VA Primary School and, following consultation with all relevant stakeholders resulting in only positive comments being received, it was unanimously agreed by both FGB’s in June 2019 to become a Federation.  This will commence in September 2019 and will mean the FGB’s at each school will join and result in a central SIDP, sharing of policies/resources/training and a greater knowledge base with which to provide confident, strategic leadership and create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.


Future plans for the governors The governing board is looking forward to Federation and aim to have the FGB in place for September 2019.  We will continue to monitor and calibrate the budget whilst ensuring the children are offered an education that allows each of them to fulfil their potential.
How you can contact the governing body We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from Parents/Carers – please contact the Chair of Governors, via the school office.  Approved minutes of the Governing Body and its Committees are public documents, should you wish to see them please send a request to our Clerk.
Name Role Terms of office Additional Roles Attendance

Neil Parsons

Joint Chair

Foundation PCC 31.08.16            – 01.09.20

Whistleblowing Contact

HT Perf Review Appeals   Advisor

HT Performance Management

Safeguarding contact if Head involved


Critical Incident Link

Steering Group

Federation Discussions


Claire Matthews

Joint Chair

Foundation PCC 25.04.18 – 24.04.22



Critical Incidents Link

Federation Discussions


The Rev John Madinda

Vice Chair

Foundation Bishops Governor





Roger Sparrow



Foundation Diocesan Board 19.01.16 – 18.01.20



Steering Group

Contracts contact

Federation Discussions

Louise Chandler Parent Governor 23.09.16 – 22.09.20


Performance Management

Safer Recruitment


Federation Discussions

Judith Jones Interim Head Teacher  

Critical Incident Manager

Acorn/Cluster rep

Contracts contact

Performance Management

Jon Wheater Staff Governor 29.03.19 – 28.03.23  


Joined March 2019

Rachael Seaward Clerk




Liz Churchill Staff Governor Resigned February 2019    
Claire Matthews Foundation PCC Resigned July 2019    




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